A medieval underling writing to his superior often signs himself "your servant and bedesman."
Then he came out, and made his way to old Jenkins the bedesman.
Life's sweet to us a', an' it's unco hard to leave our master's bedesman just to be sacrificed.
I never knew of a bedesman who behaved so gallantly, nor have I seen a knight behave better.
The bedesman also fell; but he our friend, the Hector of the hills, wrought his o'erthrow, and circum-mured him.
bedesman, one who says prayers for another, humble servant; III.
In consequence of its use in this general sense of pensioner, “bedesman” was long used in English as equivalent to “servant.”
But bide ye, ye shall hear what cam o't, and how far I am bund to be bedesman to the Ravenswoods.